Meet Antanas Mockus, an unlikely politician in one of the most violent countries in the world. Originally a philosopher, his highly different ideas inspire a lot of young people in Colombia, among others the young political activist, Katherin Miranda. For two decades, he has challenged his own country to radically reject corruption and violence. Today, a young generation has taken his message to heart, and a promising peace process is under way. How did this happen?
In 2009, I made the film BOGOTÁ CHANGE, about Antanas Mockus’ work as Mayor of Bogotá, where he, with unorthodox methods, was key in turning one of the world's most dangerous, violent, and corrupt capitals into a peaceful city. Shortly after this film came out, Mockus was running for president in the 2010 elections. He ran on a wave of hope, a ‘Colombian spring’. But his candidature was squashed by lies, fraud, and corruption. 22-year-old Katherin Miranda was the youth leader in the campaign. Disappointed by the big blow, she directed her energy towards the systemic corruption in Colombia, towards the forces that made it possible to steal an election. Katherin is the narrator of the film, growing from a young idealist to an experienced, yet still highly idealistic, politician.
I need your support to bring this story to a wider public. It is a truly unique and inspiring story of change.
WHY THIS FILM?
You may also have a dream that politics can be fair. Does that make you a hopeless dreamer? I wanted to make a film about how to change the world. My producers, who also stood behind THE ACT OF KILLING, wanted to do it with me.
Corporate interests penetrate democracies, politicians lie and cheat and make empty promises. Strategy overrules honesty, while we accept it more and more.
In Latin America corruption is often a state enterprise, and those who cheat most effectively often win elections.
Antanas Mockus claims that if we don’t change ourselves, we will never change the world. We must restore trust in our friends, our neighbours and ultimately, our institutions. And in a country like Colombia, which has been dominated by violence for so long, the only way to truly fight violence is by peaceful means.
When Katherin Miranda was 6, her father, a policeman, was shot dead by the narco cartels. Her dream is for her family to live and die in a peaceful Colombia. In 2010, the unorthodox politician, Antanas Mockus, surprises the whole world by rising from obscurity to the leading candidate in the presidential election.
Katherin grew up in Bogota during Mockus’ mayorship and her energy and enthusiasm quickly makes her the leader of the youth movement and one of the key people in Mockus’ campaign. Together they take on the conservative political elite, corrupt businesses, and drug cartels.
They are backed by the people. Two weeks before election day, Mockus has a major lead in the polls. But the traditional elite gets organized and launches an aggressive campaign of lies, rumors, buying of votes, and actual fraud. On election day, Mockus loses.
Many Colombians feel the election was stolen by “The Machinery” as they call it. Hope is followed by depression. Most of the young people lose faith in politics, and in Mockus. But Katherin joins an anti-corruption task force in the parliament, and through the unveiling of a gigantic case she manages to help put corruption on the national agenda: if they can stop the flow of money, they can change the system.
Mockus lost the election, yet his ideas seem to have changed something fundamentally in people and the political agenda in Colombia, no longer a country taken hostage by fear. Was Mockus a dreamer, or did he represent the very dream that any society needs in order to change itself?
WHY DO WE NEED HELP?
We have worked since 2010 on this film, because we strongly believe in the importance of this story to be told all over the world. I have personally invested a lot of time and a lot of money to get this far, as has the producer, Signe Byrge Sørensen. Now we need your help to finalize the shooting and editing of the film, compose the music, clear the rights for TV clips and music, and hopefully also to help support the launch and distribution of the film.
We ask for $60,000 USD. This is what we need to finish the film - more will help us bring it out to the world.
We have a kick ass team who are ready to support the final process of the film:
The Oscar® Nominated producer, Signe Byrge Sørensen is behind this project, along with Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of the multi-award winning, THE ACT OF KILLING - a contender for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards®. Final Cut for Real co-founder and producer, Anne Köhncke is also on board, and finally we have a helping hand from award-winning producer Joslyn Barnes of NY-based Louverture Films.
The editor, Janus Billeskov Jansen behind the Academy Award® Winning film PELLE THE CONQUEROR, JERUSALEM, Academy Award® Nominated THE HUNT, THE ACT OF KILLING, BURMA VJ, and many others.
The composer, Kristian Eidnes Andersen, has collaborated with Lars von Trier through many years, as well as composing for many other films.
We are also working with great Colombian bands that will contribute with music to the film. Our friends from Bomba Estereo, Chocquibtown and Mil Santos wish to collaborate because they believe in the film and in Antanas Mockus.
Lastly, there is
myself. I am the director of BOGOTÁ CHANGE, which you might know. I directed THE HUMAN SCALE, which is currently touring the world, AFGHAN MUSCLES and COPENHAGEN, all multi-award winning films that have screened in many
But this film, I care about more than any other.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS...
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Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Risks and challenges
Our main obstacles when having raised the kickstarter finance is to finish the editing, do the sound work, do the colour grading and clear the archive. We can pretty much calculate the cost of everything, except the archive, at this point. We do, however, have the opportunity of exchanging archive sources that are hard to clear or to expensive for us to clear with other archive sources for most of the news archive. For the historical images it is more complicated, but our researchers have a lot of experience, so even though it may take much longer time and much harder work, we are sure that they will succeed in finding replacement archive, if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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